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CBM urges G8 to honour NTD commitments

24-05-2011
Boys washing their hands at a pipe with running water in Ethiopia
© CBM/ Hartung
Boys in Ethiopia demonstrating an integral part of the 'SAFE' strategy in the fight against blinding trachoma. 'SAFE' is an acronym for Surgery for trichiasis, Antibiotic therapy, Facial cleanliness, and Environmental improvement.

CBM and advocacy partners are urging the world's leading industrialised nations at the 2011 G8 summit to honour their 2010 commitments towards efforts to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). We have sent a letter to all attending governments highlighting the global fight against NTDs and have had an advocacy advert about trachoma included in the official G8 publication.

A global effort

The 37th G8 summit is to be held on May 26-27 in Deauville, France. Before and during the summit CBM, as part of the NTD NGDO Network and the ICTC, is urging attendees (leaders of the world's leading industrialised nations) to enhance the global effort to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) as diseases of poverty and inequity; this includes the fight against blinding trachoma.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) - letter to G8 governments

CBM supports the global fight against NTDs. Together with the NTD NGDO Network, we are highlighting this in a letter to all G8 governments, including translations into French, German and Italian for those respective governments.

The five major NTDs (responsible for about 90% of the global NTD burden) are trachoma, onchocerciasis (river blindness), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), schistosomiasis (snail fever) and soil-transmitted helminths (worms). Simple diagnostic tools and safe, inexpensive or free drugs - which can be distributed by trained non-medical staff through Mass Drug Administration (MDA) - exist for these diseases.

Trachoma - advertisement in official G8 publication

CBM supports ‘GET 2020: the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma by the year 2020’. At the G8 Summit, CBM - together with ICTC – is highlighting trachoma as a disease of poverty and emphasising its relevance to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the advertisement ‘The end in sight’.

With this advocacy advertisement in the official G8 publication ‘G8 Summit France-2011’, we are urging leaders of the G8 nations to fulfil their 2010 commitment to “support the control or elimination of high-burden NTDs.”  The advertisement, available in English and French, also announces ICTC’s '2020 INSight' documents boosting efforts to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020.

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